与这些想法相关联，米尔斯强调了看待社会结构与个人经验和代理之间联系的重要性。他提出，人们可以想到这一点的一种方式是认识到我们经常遇到的“个人烦恼”，比如没有足够的钱来支付我们的账单，实际上是“公共问题” – 社会问题的结果这种过程贯穿社会并影响许多人，如系统性经济不平等和结构性贫困。此外，米尔斯建议避免严格遵守任何一种方法论或理论，因为以这种方式实践社会学可能并且经常产生有偏见的结果和建议。他还敦促社会科学家在整个社会科学领域工作，而不是专注于社会学，政治学，经济学，心理学等。而米尔斯的思想在当时社会学中对许多人来说是革命性的和令人不安的，今天他们形成了社会学实践的基石。我们可以将社会学想象的概念应用于任何行为。举个例子，喝一杯咖啡吧。我们可以争辩说，咖啡不仅仅是一种饮料，而是作为日常社交仪式的一部分具有象征意义。通常，喝咖啡的仪式比消耗咖啡本身的行为重要得多。例如，两个一起见面“喝咖啡”的人可能更喜欢见面和聊天，而不是喝酒。在所有社会中，饮食是社会互动和仪式表现的场合，这为社会学研究提供了大量的主题。
Associated with these ideas, Mills emphasized the importance of looking at the link between social structure and personal experience and agents. He suggested that one way people can think of this is to recognize the “personal troubles” we often encounter, such as not having enough money to pay our bills, actually “public issues” – the result of social problems The process runs through society and affects many people, such as systemic economic inequalities and structural poverty. In addition, Mills recommends avoiding strict adherence to any one methodology or theory, as practicing sociology in this way may and often produces biased outcomes and recommendations. He also urged social scientists to work in the entire social sciences, rather than focusing on sociology, political science, economics, psychology, etc. Mills’s thoughts were revolutionary and disturbing to many people in sociology at the time, and today they form the cornerstone of sociological practice. We can apply the concept of sociological imagination to any behavior. For example, drink a cup of coffee. We can argue that coffee is not just a drink, but a symbolic part of everyday social rituals. Usually, the ritual of drinking coffee is much more important than the behavior of consuming coffee itself. For example, two people who meet “drinking coffee” together may prefer to meet and chat instead of drinking. In all societies, diet is the occasion of social interaction and ritual performance, which provides a large number of themes for sociological research.